📚📚 Read every day challenge - Summer 2021 🏖🏖

:ballot_box_with_check: June 1: かがみの孤城 上 (63 pages)
:ballot_box_with_check: June 2: かがみの孤城 上 (20 pages)
:ballot_box_with_check: June 3: かがみの孤城 上 (90 pages)
:ballot_box_with_check: June 4: かがみの孤城 上 (40 pages) + 日の鳥1 (10 pages)
:ballot_box_with_check: June 5: かがみの孤城 上 (112 pages)
:ballot_box_with_check: June 6: かがみの孤城 上 (69 pages) ~ Finished

かがみの孤城 really is a fantastic novel, can’t wait to read the second part!
It was a good week for reading.

Plans for the next week:
Read a bunch of かがみの孤城 下 (383 pages)
Finish 日の鳥1
Finish とつくにの少女1
Continue 風立ちぬ


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June 6 Yay, Sunday was super chill :3

・Finished the rest of chapter 9 of Subete ga F ni Naru. (77% → 82%) 'Twas a short chapter (32 pages). This means I can spend time reading other stuff until next Saturday. Or read ahead. Next chapter is over 60 pages after all.

・Finished Yagate Kimi ni Naru 4. Took two and a half hours, I think.

Sometimes, one forgets the most basic stuff that you learn early on in your language studies. Came across 八ヵ月 today and didn’t know how to read it, lol. Here’s a link for counting months if somebody needs a refresher too: A Guide to the Japanese Counter-ish Word: 月 (Months)


Might as well throw my hat into the ring now that I’m far enough in where I think inertia will carry me.

Day 5: :ok_hand:

Read some more Ryuugajou Nanana no Maizokuin (40 → 43%).

I basically haven’t actually read Japanese in a year but I’m surprised at how much my skills haven’t deteriorated. Aside from grammar (but the grammar isn’t very hard in this).

Um interesting things I guess. There’s a book by K. M. Weiland - Structuring Your Novel - where she puts forth the idea that the majority of western novels have plot points at 12.5%, 25%, 37.5%, etc.

In contrast I’ve noticed that (in my experience) Japanese novels tend to use this kind of three part plot system (or smth, as opposed to ~8). Lo and behold, the foil to the thief protagonist, a detective, shows up at exactly 33% into the book.

Might just be my upbringing but I do feel like the western pacing is superior. 33% is wayyy too far into a book to finally have things start happening.


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Day 6
レベル別日本語多読ライブラリー - レベル2 - 色々な国の昔話ー中国ー ホウイと千ヤンア

Just read a full story from a graded reader in like 15 minutes, so I’m quite happy :slight_smile: I did not feel like it was tiring to read, so it’s nice to see that I’m making progress !

Also there was only one word I did not know but then I realized it was the radical 弓 that I learnt in the first levels of WK. I see that the kanji is on level 18 so I won’t learn it anytime soon, but I’m happy to have seen it in the wild :smiley:


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June 6 Update
Just a quick update today. Read this week’s 日常 chapters and an additional one (ch. 11 - 13) before I ran out of steam. Took about 30 min all said. I don’t particularly care for the manga, but I’m almost done with it so I might as well finish it at this point.


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Day 6: June 6th
What did I read?: 不可解なぼくのすべてを Vol. 1
How much did I read?: 3 chapters??? (78 pages) - Finished the volume!
How long did it take me?: 2 hours

Well, it was a much better day for reading today, apparently xD Really did not plan on reading for that long, but the warm fuzzies of Ch. 4’s ending and the adorableness of Mogumo+Tetsu in Ch. 5 pulled me in hard and made me want to finish the whole thing (but then Ch. 6 hit with the drama lol, wasn’t really expecting that to happen xD). I really liked this manga, I want to continue on with this series for sure.

I keep forgetting to do this haaa whoops :bowing_woman: goes to update the table

Yeah, this feeling was also hitting me today. Like…I know this kanji. I should definitely know this kanji. …It looks so familiar. I know I know this kanji. …What the heck is it it was 履く, I was so annoyed, like come on brain, are you for real, you couldn’t come up with はく


June 6th. Time: 1.5 hour. Manga Pages: 4
What: Manga からかい上手の高木さん (Volume 1), current pick of ABBC. Chapter 6, Pages 7-10.
Met and found new N4 grammar point ようだ.


Didn’t mention it in this thread, but I read volumes 9-15 of 放浪息子 over the weekend. It’s been more than two years ago that I first heard of that series (thanks to WK) and I’m really glad I read it.

Well, considering that I don’t frequent parts of the internet that produce memes, I’m unlikely to come across it except indirectly like now.
I’m just glad (? I guess) I don’t fall into the veteran weeb category.


2021-06-06, day 6

氷菓、20 pages (156-175p), wasn’t paying attention to time, probably around 2 hours. Wasn’t using a dictionary (because lazy) and missed a few points but got the general idea pretty well. It helped that the same thing is discussed multiple times in different aspects.



Read 5 more pages after I posted yesterday, until I was very sleepily looking at my book, but it was enough to get me into another new chapter - hurray kid’s books with short chapters!

Good day today! Didn’t get started until after dinner, but got through 28 pages of my book - just under 20 left. Took about 1h 45 min, which was pretty good for me. Expecting to finish this week, even if work kills me and I’m reading slowly the rest of the week. Not sure what I’ll pick up next - hoping my Mandrake order arrives by the time I finish this book (and my Chi volume 3) so that I can open up some new paper books. Otherwise, I’ll have to look through my kindle library and see if something looks interesting and not super difficult.

Anyone else a book hoarder? I periodically wander through the free manga on Amazon and just get whatever looks interesting (based mostly on looking at the sample pages or googling the title to see if there’s info in English somewhere) - I have no idea if I will ever get around to reading most of them, I just like having books (and options). Funniest when there’s no English info available, so I just skim the sample pages and figure if I start reading it and it’s awful, I’ll just stop. I should probably try to read the descriptions, but it seems like a lot when I’m hunting through the large selection of free stuff.


Sunday is day I diecide not to study but now I will st least read :flushed:


We all need a ‘no studying day’ - mine is usually Thursday night when I have a standing video game night with my friends. Read something easy :slight_smile:


Since the start of the challenge I’ve finished 3 of my LNs and have read ~800 pages which im pretty happy with. New work starts tomorrow so I’m back on the getting up at 4am grind lmao. Either way I think this thread probably did me good in getting me motivated to get one last burst of reading in before I get busy, so thanks!

I might be on the forums a bit less during the week, but nonetheless I’ll be cheering everyone on and ganbareing

Idk man speak for yourself, I completely disagree.


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Day 6:
Satori Reader: Kiki-Mimi Radio, Episode 9.

I did some half an hour of googling and web surfing for some info about Final Fantasy XIV and I ended up playing like and hour and a half in Japanese as well, so we could say that this also counts but anyway, officially I only did Satori Reader.

Very nice day (and week) overall though. Since the beginning of the challenge I’m more focused and doing more than I used to every day, not only about reading but listening and grammar too. The challenge gave me (us) a nice momentum and I like coming to the post and reading everyone enjoying the challenge so far as well, dropping several likes here and there, and so on.

Keep it up friends.


Heya, joining all of you now! I’ve done two days already but didn’t post.

Now reading:
魔女の宅急便 (one or two pages a day)
からかい上手の高木さん (one chapter a week, with the book club)

I’m behind on Takagi-san at the moment, but I’ll catch up this week.
At present there’s 239/265 pages of Kiki left to read, and 207 days remaining in the year. So I’ll aim to finish Kiki by the year end… but that means I better pick up my pace!

Week 22
Week 23
Week 24
Week 25
Week 26
Week 22
Week 23
Week 24
Week 25
Week 26

(thanks for the stolen calendar format)


I’ve been burned out like twice I’d obi hate for that to hsppen again!


Reversing the direction of the translation, Ornamental plants turns into the same 観葉植物 so I suspect it also uses reading. (and ornamental plants are 観賞植物), ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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Nice! I don’t even remember when i last read that many pages (in any language) in a week xD

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Well, unfortunately, I broke my 5-day streak yesterday, because I didn’t do any reading except for WK context sentences, which I don’t count, because they are not a part of text.
I hope, today would be better.


Yesterday (6th) was another busy day where free time was really sleepy time.

I did feel like reading some more 赤毛のアン before bed though, so I did. :slight_smile: Probably 2/3rds through chapter 19, now.